May 6, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT
I can’t imagine what it would be like. I doubt, — no, I know I couldn’t handle spending 29 years in prison for a crime I didn’t commit with the grace that Ray Towler did. He was happy upon his release. He was accused of a heinous crime (raping a 12- and 13-year-old) only to have DNA evidence prove he didn’t do the crime. And he was not bitter about it.
Towler is a better man than I; he deserves everything coming to him. The $1.4 million plus from the state for sure.
(Towler) had told The Dispatch on Tuesday that it was probably too much to ask to see LeBron James in person at a Cavaliers’ playoff game.
But it wasn’t. Tad Carper, Cavs vice president of communication, said yesterday that he would invite Towler and three guests to sit courtside for next week’s playoff game in Cleveland against the Boston Celtics.
Towler at first thought it was a joke. But as it sunk in, he beamed with more joy than when he learned he was being released.
Towler is a huge Cavs fan, who had followed the team closely from behind bars. Now he’ll see them in person up close, which doesn’t even begin to make up for anything he went through.
But credit the Cavaliers for making the gesture.
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